Judge sets bail for suspected drug dealer from Wilton

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FARMINGTON — A Franklin County justice Friday set bail for a Wilton man charged with drug possession at $50,000 cash or $100,000 worth of real estate.

Dennis J. Ayala, 55, was arrested Tuesday on charges of unlawful possession of a drug containing fentanyl powder and violating bail conditions.

Maine State Police, Wilton police and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency executed a search warrant and found Ayala hiding in the attic of his home on Temple Road where marijuana was growing, according to a state police affidavit filed with the court. 

Tests indicated white powder residue on a scale was fentanyl, an opioid drug used as a pain medication.

Ayala was out on bail from an arrest in April on a felony charge pertaining to selling crack cocaine, the result of an investigation after a fatal drug overdose in Franklin County.

Deputy District Attorney James Andrews this week filed a motion to revoke Ayala’s $5,000 cash bail on the earlier charge. Conditions on the April charge included no use or possession of illegal drugs or marijuana.

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Ayala’s lawyer, Margo Joly, told Justice Roland Cole on Friday that the most recent tax bill from Ayala’s home in Wilton shows his property is valued at $87,024, but that does not include a garage that was built. She said Ayala told her he could also collect funds of $40,000 to meet the property bail.

Cole told Joly it was up to her to prove to the bail commissioner that Ayala’s property is valued at $100,000.

Cole set a curfew requiring Ayala to be home from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily and to cooperate with law enforcement in searching his property and randomly searching and testing for illegal drugs and marijuana. 

Dennis Ayala

(Franklin County Detention Center)

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